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Arts and Crafts - Thistlestar in Santa Fe

Kachina Hills home, Santa Fe, NM

 

"Thistlestar", a residence located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, may be the first adobe home constructed in the Arts & Crafts style, at least in Santa Fe. The arts and crafts vocabulary compliments the family’s fine collection of art and antiques, and the extensive library.

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The massive adobe structure is easy to keep comfortable. Designed with a keen eye to the path of the sun and prevailing winds, the home stays cool through the summer without the use of mechanical cooling systems. In the winter months, the adobe, well-insulated from the cold, holds heat efficiently as the radiant heating element circulates warmth through the concrete slabs to maintain a mean radiant temperature which changes only gradually in contrast to the dramatic temperature swings outdoors.

The large portal shelters the western face of the home from the hot southwestern sun in the afternoon, and is in turn sheltered by several deciduous shade trees. The shade trees, like many of the xeriscaped plantings, are watered by runoff carefully guided from the roof of the home.

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The methods of energy efficient design, ecologically friendly masonry construction, and restorative landscaping employed in this home would be a worthy standard for building everywhere. "Thistlestar" moves the edge in arts and crafts detailing, innovative design, and the enduring quality of traditional adobe construction.

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